One Last Trip to Heidelberg

6/22/2016

Always in search of Nia, I decided to opt for some time in Heidelberg this morning, instead of going to class. Mistake? Maybe…especially since I hadn’t written ahead to check on the location and time with the teacher, which has been the only way I’ve had success doing Nia so far.

But sometimes you just have to go for it, you know? Just get on the train and DO IT!

But sometimes you just have to go for it, you know? Just get on the train and DO IT!

In search of adventure (and Nia, of course), I found what I thought was the right address, but…no one seemed to have heard of it! I interrupted a yoga class, and quite possibly a counseling session, plus generally walked around looking lost.

Lucky for me, the day was beautiful, so I wasn’t too sad about having missed out.

Lucky for me, the day was beautiful, so I wasn’t too sad about having missed out.

With my second destination—the city library—in mind, I wandered slowly in that direction…

Stopping to look out over the river, of course! These mountains—aaah.

Stopping to look out over the river, of course! These mountains—aaah.

The library didn’t look like much from the outside…

But trust me—inside, it was GREAT!

But trust me—inside, it was GREAT!

After a few hours pleasantly passed on art and a sad minimum of homework, I decided it was time to head home. I took a Straßenbahn—street car—instead of one of the regional trains, opting for the longer but more scenic route!

And it was certainly scenic!

And it was certainly scenic!

Certainly not the worst way I’ve ever spent a Wednesday…But depending on my energy level (and what my homework looks like), I may well be going in search of more Nia tomorrow afternoon!!

Xoxo,

Susan

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Into the Schwarzwald

6/11/2016

You know that moment when you’re traveling with a group, and then you turn around and find your group isn’t there anymore? Well, that happened to me on Saturday afternoon. My newfound friends (mainly other German students from U of M, and one girl’s hallmate) had spent the morning on an ICE train from Mannheim, and the lunch hour doing—what else?—eating lunch.

Anytime there’s pesto, you can believe that’s what I’m going to order… :)

Anytime there’s pesto, you can believe that’s what I’m going to order… 🙂

After that, we strolled through the Augustinermuseum, where we saw some absolutely beautiful works by a Dutch painter who worked in the 1800s.

They. Were. AMAZING.

They. Were. AMAZING.

A little later, while I was busy and distracted with reading a sign in some really tough German…

A little later, while I was busy and distracted with reading a sign in some really tough German…

My friends ditched me! Can you believe it?

To be honest, though, I wasn’t too disappointed to suddenly find myself alone. There’s something quite nice about traveling by yourself—in a big city, in a small town, whatever.

You get to take your time,

You get to take your time…

...to stroll...

…to stroll…

...and you see things you might not have found otherwise.

…and you see things you might not have found otherwise.

Not sure what my friends got up to all afternoon—quite possibly, they spent the time looking for me—but I passed the afternoon in the lovely University library, right next door to the city’s theater and, like, ice cream. Don’t worry, I restrained myself…

The library was rewarding enough!

The library was rewarding enough!

Xoxo,

Susan